Watch Santa Claus Rescue Man From Burning Home

This firefighter was dressed as St. Nick when he jumped to action.

— -- An Australian firefighter was dressed up as Santa Claus when he responded to a burning home and rescued a young man who was unconscious and trapped inside.

Nick Carey and fellow firefighters were passing out candy on their annual Christmas drive in New South Whales on Saturday when they smelled smoke, The Associated Press reported. Carey, still in his St. Nick costume, jumped to action and rushed to resuscitate the man before an ambulance arrived.

A local resident, Michael Johnson, recorded the heroic Santa's life-saving rescue on video.

The victim was taken to a hospital and is recovering in stable condition today.

Johnson told the Associated Press the young man is lucky the firefighters, from the Telarah station, just happened to be in the neighborhood.